The preseason awards roll-out continues today with the Mackey Award preseason watch list, which honors the most outstanding college tight end.
As expected, the Pac-12 is well represented with seven of the 37 players on the watch list. You can see the complete list of players here.
Here are the Pac-12's players on the watch list:
Chris Coyle, Arizona State
Xavier Grimble, USC
Luke Kaumatule, Stanford
Colt Lyerla, Oregon
Jake Murphy, Utah
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
Randall Telfer, USC
Solid list. The Pac-12 has had some elite tight ends the past few years. Though Stanford fans are probably still bitter over last year's selection of Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert over Zach Ertz. In case anyone needs reminding, it was the first time a unanimous All-American didn't win the award.
Grimble and Telfer are a dangerous one-two punch. Coyle and Murphy are sneaky good, and considering the way Stanford has used the tight end under David Shaw, it makes sense that Kaumatule is on the watch list.
Seferian-Jenkins is widely considered the top tight end in the country, and Lyerla isn't far behind, if at all. Should be another strong year for tight ends in the Pac-12.